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  • Writer's pictureChrista Maynard

Home-made deoderant


  • 100ml Corn Starch

  • 100ml Baking Soda

  • 12 drops of Antibacterial Essential Oil (tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus)

  • 12 drops of Antifungal Essential Oil (tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, or eucalyptus)

  • 2.5 tablespoons Vitamin E Oil, almond oil or Jojoba oil (or a mix of all 3)

  • 3.5-4 tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)


  1. Mix everything up in a bowl until it forms a thick paste.

  2. Transfer to your storage container and then allow 24 hours to ‘set’.

Ideally use a shallow, wide-mouthed jar (>200ml), applying the deodorant with fingertips. I use a wooden spatula to stir and take out a small blob each day to apply with my fingers.

In my own concoction, I use a mixture of Lavender oil, which is an antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, natural deodorant, and soother of skin-irritation, Eucalyptus oil, which is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and increases circulation, and tea-tree oil, which is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, may be good for eczema and psoriasis.

You can select the essential oil combination according to the fragrance and effects you prefer. I don’t actually measure ‘drops’ since my oils have open spouts. I’m sure I put in more than in the original recipe, but it doesn’t really matter. If you add more oils and coconut oil it will be runnier/creamier, and if you have less, it will be more solid. Creamier is fine when you apply with finger tips, so be free with your measurements. They are just a guideline…

Recipe is based on Sayward's homemade deodorant recipe

.I adapted it to metric volumes and modified slightly according to how I have ended up making it after 4-5 times.

Smaller version (150ml jar) 50ml corn starch 50ml baking soda 6 drops essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus) 6 drops antifungal (tea tree) 20ml (2.4tbsp) vit E oil or almond oil 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) Mix in glass jar. To apply, take out a blob with wooden icy pole stick, and apply with fingers.

Note: This deoderant is not so practical for taking with you in your bag for after sports, due to its creamy nature, but it's a great one to keep at home. You can purchase a commercial natural deoderant to use whilst travelling. OR, transfer some to a properly sealing jar so that the oils don't leak out in your bag (as has happened to me).

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